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Long Night Rides On The Bike

How Dynamo Lights Changed My Cycling Experience

Nov. 1, 2023 -

The darker days are here in the northern hemisphere, and so is the need for good lights on your bike. Although battery powered lights can do the job, you need to keep them charged. I wanted a light system on my road bike that just works. Read along for some light in the darkness!

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Welcome to the dark (country) side... where street lights are a rare sight
Welcome to the dark (country) side... where street lights are a rare sight
The high beam function becomes available from 20KM/h and allows you to illuminate the road much further ahead (if traffic permits)
The high beam function becomes available from 20KM/h and allows you to illuminate the road much further ahead (if traffic permits)
The wire to the rear light goes inside a newly drilled hole in my bike frame - leaving just enough cable for my steering wheel to turn
The wire to the rear light goes inside a newly drilled hole in my bike frame - leaving just enough cable for my steering wheel to turn
Testing the dynamo powered lights using some quickly connected loose wires - it works!
Testing the dynamo powered lights using some quickly connected loose wires - it works!
Use a thin layer of tape to temporarily join the individual leads - making it easier to guide the cable
Use a thin layer of tape to temporarily join the individual leads - making it easier to guide the cable
The tail light mounted to my seat post with its cable going inside the seat post
The tail light mounted to my seat post with its cable going inside the seat post

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